Particle and Astro-Particle Physics Seminars

Constraining neutron star properties with QCD

by Eero Aleksi Kurkela (CERN)

4-3-006 - TH Conference Room (CERN)

4-3-006 - TH Conference Room


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The structure of neutron stars is determined by a competition between gravity and the pressure of strong interactions, and therefore neutron stars provide a macroscopic laboratory for QCD. The progress in the observational side is very fast: masses of over 30 neutron stars have been measured precisely and the estimates of radii are getting increasingly accurate. In my talk, I will describe how we can understand these observations and make predictions using a combination of low energy nuclear physics and perturbative QCD.